The Ultimate Travel Checklist: Travel Gear, Packing List & Best Travel Tips

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Going on a trip soon?

If the answer is yes, then you have found yourself in the right place.

The purpose of this Travel Checklist is to provide you with the answers to all travel questions you may have right now. No matter if you have some travel experience already or it’s the first trip abroad you are preparing for at the moment. Thinking of traveling long-term? We’ve got you covered, too.

Best travel apps and resources? See our favorites here.

Are you a minimalist traveler? See our ultralight backpacking gear list.

The Ultimate Travel Checklist

1. Travel Gear + Recommendations

Here is our travel gear essentials list.

BACKPACK & PACKING ORGANIZERS

1. Backpack

Multi-purpose: Osprey Farpoint 40, Osprey Fairview 40

Hiking: Osprey Aura AG65 (review), Kelty Redwing 44

Guide to the best carry on backpacks.

2. Backpack Rain Cover

Best for the buck: Osprey Ultralight Raincover

Best cheap: Joy Walker

Guide to the best backpack rain covers.

3. Daypack

Packable: NeatPack Foldable Daypack

Non-packable: Osprey Packs Daylite Plus Daypack

4. Dry Bag

The Original DrySak Waterproof Dry Bag

5. Electronics Organizer

AmazonBasics Universal Travel Case

6. Travel Wallet

Zero Grid Neck Wallet

More neck wallets.

7. Waterproof Pouch

CaliCase Extra Large Waterproof Floating Case

8. Packing Cubes

Eagle Creek Pack It Original Starter Set

9. Shoe Bag

TRAVEL CLOTHING & SHOES

10. Pants

Men’s: CQR Men’s Tactical Pants

Women’s: Columbia Women’s Just Right Straight Leg Pant

11. Thermal Pants

12. Shorts

13. T-shirts / Tops

14. Long Sleeve

15. Fleece or Hoodie

16. Weather-Resistant Jacket

Men’s: Columbia Men’s Watertight Ii Jacket

Women’s: Columbia Women’s Arcadia II Waterproof Rain Jacket

Or a quality rain poncho.

17. Shoes

18. Flip Flops

19. Swimwear

20. Underwear

21. Socks

IMPORTANT TRAVEL ACCESSORIES

22. Sunglasses

SunGod Renegades

23. Microfiber Towel

WildHorn Outfitters Microlite Travel Towel Bundle

24. Buff / Bandana

25. Sarong

26. Water Bottle

Contigo Jackson Reusable Water Bottle

27. Head Torch

PETZL Tikkina Headlamp

ELECTRONICS

28. Smartphone

Best for the buck: Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite (128 GB)

29. Camera

Fujifilm X100F

30. International Travel Power Adapter

Multi-purpose: Syncwire

Best cheap: Ceptics

31. External Hard Drive

32. Memory Cards

33. Power Bank

Best for the buck: RAVPower Portable Charger 22000mAh

34. Headphones / Earphones

Best for the buck (wireless): JBL T600BTNC

35. Chargers

36. Laptop

37. Protective Laptop Sleeve

HIKING GEAR & ACCESSORIES

38. Tent

Best for the buck: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

39. Sleeping Bag

Best cheap: TETON Sports Celsius XXL Sleeping Bag

40. Hammock

Best for the buck: Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock

41. Trekking Poles

42. Camping Mat

43. Pocket Knife

44. Carabiners

45. Camping Stove

46. Camping Cooking Gear


Remember – you are not going to need all of that during every single one of your trips. What we want to show you is all the different essential travel gear categories, so you have a better idea what to pack for a trip.

Plus we are giving our travel gear recommendations.

For packing list scroll down!

Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail

2. Your Pre-Trip Checklist

2.1 Planning a Trip

1) Decide on a destination;

2) Check the weather in the country you’re planning to travel to. What’s the best time for travel;

3) Check the prices. Accommodation, transportation, top attractions, food;

4) Check the validity of your passport. When you’re traveling internationally it must be at least 6 months after the day of return;

5) Check the visa requirements. If you need a visa & how to obtain it;

6) Learn about the vaccines. Check if there are some recommended travel vaccines. Use this website and ask your doctor;

7) Learn more about local festivals and holidays;

8) Book flights;

9) Book accommodation. Book something at least for the first night;

10) Buy a travel insurance.

Nepalese Rupee

2.2 Getting Ready for a Trip

1) Don’t put off planning for too long;

2) Write down your travel itinerary. At least a very basic one;

3) Make a photo copy of your documents. Your passport, driver’s license, visas, your bank cards. Save it online and on your phone;

4) Make some document photos. Especially if you are planning to travel long-term.

5) Learn something about the local customs and mentality. A few basic phrases and words in the local language may come in handy at some moment as well.

6) Check the guide to sleeping in airports. If you are going to have an overnight layover.

7) Use free layover tours. Check if there are such in the city you’ll be transferring. Sometimes free transfer hotel might be offered by your airline (mostly you have to register);

8) Don’t forget about a proof of onward travel. As more and more countries are asking for it. Return ticket counts;

9) Notify your bank about your travel plans;

10) Get yourself a travel bank card. We recommend Revolut;

Don’t forget about a proof of onward travel. As more and more countries are asking for it. Return ticket counts. Rent an onward ticket from BestOnwardticket.

11) Get yourself second bank card. Don’t leave with just one bank card;

12) Set up account notifications. So you can easily notice if there are some suspicious activities going on. In case your bank card data has been stolen, which may happen abroad;

13) Find out about 24-hour and multi day public transportation tickets;

14) Learn about unsafe areas of the cities you’ll be traveling to. Learn about most common tourist scams;

15) Learn about roaming tariffs;

16) Create a packing list. Pack your bag;

17) Notify your friends and family about your travel plans;

18) Download all the travel apps you’ll need. Your airline’s app? Currency exchange? See our favorite travel apps.

19) Download an offline map. Use Google Maps or Maps.me;

20) Save the address of your hotel. Write it down and save it in the maps app;

21) Learn how to get from the airport to the city center;

22) Take some extra cash. Preferably in American dollars, British pounds or euros, something everyone around the world knows;

23) Check the weight of your luggage;

24) Check in online. Print your boarding pass;

25) Print visa approval letter / invitation letter. If there is one necessary;

26) Obtain some foreign currency. At least for a day or two.

Men sitting on the beach in Thailand

2.3 Before You Leave for the Airport

1. Charge all your electronics.

2. Take your prescription medicine. Put it in your carry on bag;

3. Check if you have put all the essentials in your carry on. All the things you may want to use during the flight. As well as verything that’s not allowed in checked in luggage, like power banks. And the most fragile and valuable items;

4. Check if all the doors and windows are locked;

5. Check if the taps aren’t leaking;

6. Uplug all appliances (except for maybe a fridge);

7. Turn off water heater & heater, turn off air conditioner.

2.4 After the Arrival

Get yourself a local SIM card. If you aren’t going to use yours from home (that might be super expensive in some cases).

3. Make Sure Not to Forget Any of These

1. Your passport;

2. Money and credit cards;

3. Boarding passes, train and bus tickets;

4. Your bookings, itinerary, travel insurance (digital copy works just fine mostly; but make sure you can access them without WiFi);

5. Onward ticket;

6. Written down a name and address of your first hotel or hostel;

7. Pen (for filling in arrival forms and immigration cards);

8. Medication.

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